Springfield murder suspect killed in Reedsport standoff

The suspect in the garden caretaker's death was killed by law enforcement in a standoff in Reedsport, Springfield police said.

Posted: Mar 10, 2021 12:55 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 10:34 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – There is a major update on Wednesday in the murder of a Springfield youth farm caretaker.

Investigation into the murder of Richard Marshall, 70, led authorities to several coastal towns in recent days and a traffic stop in Reedsport that ended in a fatal standoff.


Richard Marshall

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Lt. George Crolly with Springfield police confirmed that the man killed in the standoff was the suspect in Marshall's murder. The man's name is not being released at this time, pending notification of his family.

During the traffic stop, an individual unconnected to the murder was detained. Authorities say the suspect was an occupant of the vehicle and was armed at the time. He reportedly grew hostile and was killed by law enforcement following hours of attempts at negotiation.

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Marshall's son, Evin Marshall, shared his reaction to the suspect's death with KEZI 9 News.

"I don't know if that's justice for me. Part of me wanted him to go through the process, deal with the justice system and rot in prison for the rest of his life," Marshall said.

The murder happened last week at the Food For Lane County Youth Farm at 705 Flamingo Avenue.

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Springfield police thanked the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Reedsport Police and Coos Bay Police for their assistance.

More information is expected at a later time. Watch KEZI 9 News at 4, 5 and 6 for the latest with live reports from reporters in Springfield and Reedsport.

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